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#1765 of 2179 Re: Sequoia high cost repairs
Aug 28, 2007 (9:11 am)
I have a 2004 limited Sequoia 4x4, owning it for only 2 3/4 years because I purchased it in 12/04. It only has 28000 miles, and I have had to replace the brakes 2 times in the 2 3/4 year span of ownership, amongst numerous other issues (VSC and brake light coming on and the dealer telling me it is OK, that they can't find a problem), and have incurred in the little amount of time of ownership already almost $5000 in maintenance bills, excluding the oil changes. My mistake is that I keep taking it to a toyota service repair shop and every time I see the (VSC/Brake) light come on, or if I feel the truck does not drive well, I get hit with a minimum $300 bill for some item to repair to "solve the problem" and I continue having the same problems. Now, I just paid $1200 in July for some "necessary repairs" to "solve the problem" and took the car back yesterday because the light continues, and the front brakes sound odd (although they were just replaced), and now they say I need new tires, some kind of fuel injection wash, new tires, and some other kind of nonsense, with an added total estimate of $1300. I told them no way, they should just do the recall replacement, order a new sensor for the brake, and the other repairs I would get re-evaluated and possibly done by another repair shop. No more Toyota service shop for me! I am now thinking of getting rid of it. I bet that recall item had something to do with all these "necessary repairs". I am the first owner of this truck and only owned it for 2 3/4 years. I am starting to doubt Toyota's reputation for providing good vehicles that maintain their "value". I have put way more money than a joe next door that has an american car. I am looking at dodges or nissans now.
#1766 of 2179 Re: Sequoia high cost repairs [prmiles]
Aug 28, 2007 (11:35 am)
I am sorry to hear the story you tell of a bad dealer. My 2001 gets 62k on the front brakes and 90k on the rear, and 70k+ on Michelin Cross Terrain or LTX - but primarily highway miles. I specify TOYOTA brake parts and if the shop says they are out of stock, and want to use after market at some cost savings - I cancel my appmt.
In 172,000 miles I have put less than $3000 into this vehicle. Some items were replaced under warranty and extended Warranty to 100,000 but after that I have had even less trouble. I hope the model and parts have not changed that much for the worse since the 2001 model to the 2004. I would find another dealer even if that means a longer drive and a loaner vehicle. Best of luck,
#1767 of 2179 Sequoia Service
Aug 28, 2007 (3:34 pm)
I as well am sorry to here of your problems. My 2002 has 90,000 miles. One set of brake pads. Original rotors. Original Bridgestones went a little over 50,000. Lousy tire actually. Michelins have 40,000 and look like they will go another 30 to 40,000.
I have a great dealer and service dept in Scottsdale AZ. Come on over. Reasonable and honest.
Aug 29, 2007 (8:48 am)
I have a 2001 Sequoia Srt with just under 100,000 miles. Out of no where without warning, the vehicle stalled as we were pulling into a parking spot. Started back up and revved fine in Park and Neutral but when you put it in Drive, Reverse, 1 or 2, the engine would stall immediately. Let it sit for an hour and then same thing happened so I towed it back to the dealer. Problem is they claim "nothing is wrong" and drove it no problem. Anyone know of a similar issue and perhaps what is causing it? I'd like to prevent it from happening again. Thanks.
#1769 of 2179 Re: Sequoia high cost repairs [trapper51]
Aug 29, 2007 (12:16 pm)
Thanks for the suggestion. I do love the Sequioa because of the look and space, and we do need new tires, so as a result of your suggestion, along with other people recommending it as well, we found Michelin Cross Terrain tires at Costco at the price of 4 for $819, which includes installation, lifetime rotation, balancing and warranty through 65K miles. (They don't do wheel alignments, but I am checking where I can get that done). The service department wants to charged me $260 for each michelin tire, and $160 for each dunlop tire. Will probably decide this weekend what to do. As for dealer service centers, I am relocating to JAX, Fl, so I hope I will have better service there (which I have not been able to find in NY). Thanks again.
#1770 of 2179 Re: Sequoia high cost repairs [prmiles]
Sep 02, 2007 (2:50 pm)
I don't own a Sequoia, but I do own a Toyota. You need to do what I did....switch dealers. I'd also complain to Toyota corporate and make NHTSA complaints. What you've paid out of pocket is ridiculous.
#1771 of 2179 Re: VSC & Trac Control Lights on [melinda1]
Sep 10, 2007 (7:11 am)
I have an 03 SR5 and my VSC & Trac Control and ABS lights are on. my brake light will come on periodically. Toyota says that I need a YAW Rate Sensor that will take care of all the lights. Has anyone ran into this? I asked if the sensor will effect the vehicles performanc. They replied NO
Sep 10, 2007 (1:21 pm)
Hi, I had a 2001 SR5 and a dealer told me the same thing. We were in S. Carolina at the time and had to get back home to Connecticut. Dealer in SC said is was fine to drive. He was WRONG! The VSC system fully activiated on I-81 at 70 mph for no reason. When the VSC system activates, it turns power off to the engine and applies the brakes. The driver has practically no control except to steer. Very scarey. We were lucky to be in the right lane with a shoulder to pull off on to. Traded it in, reported it to Toyota and the NHTSA as soon as I got home. As far as I know, nothing was done by either. BE CAREFULL
#1773 of 2179 Re: debg [dgut]
Sep 12, 2007 (4:06 am)
I have 153000 miles on my 2001 Sequoia and have had no major problems until the VSC light came on. It took 3 times for it to come on before the dealer finally replaced the Yaw sensor. Hopefully, it is repaired. Yes, it is a dangerous problem as the last time it came on the engine cut off and my wife managed to steer it to the shoulder. After being a great vehicle, she is now afraid to drive it on a trip.
#1774 of 2179 Electrical problems: rear wiper, washer & defogger
Sep 15, 2007 (4:18 pm)
I have a 2005 Sequoia and the rear wiper, washer & defogger quit working. I've read through the owner's manual, checked and replaced some of the fuses I thought it might be, nothing?? HELP, any ideas??